With 35 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Nigeria including the major cities of Lagos and Abuja, the Nigerian Entertainment Industry – Nollywood, has not been spared. Several much anticipated events, productions and Cinema Premiers are now being kept on indefinite suspension.
US Streamer Netflix Naija has reportedly suspended the shooting of the much anticipated ‘The Akin Omotoso Project” which it had been working on.
Though no official report has come in from them, Pulse.ng reports that the project has been suspended in order to curb the spread of the Virus and encourage social distancing. The December release will therefore not come as planned.
Also, Tchidi Chikere’s ‘Our Jesus Story’ announced the postponement of its Cinema Release. So it will be a while before we see Black Jesus at our cinemas.
This is also because some of these cinemas have suspended their operations as Nollywood celebrities have also been compromised. A report went out that People who went for AMVCA should self-isolate as someone who had the virus attended.
This follows Nigerian government shut down on social gatherings and religious institutions with larger than 50 people in attendance. These restrictions will remain as long as confirmed reports of Coronavirus in Nigeria linger.